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Vacancy: Political affairs officer at the Embassy & Permanent Mission of Denmark in Vienna

Position:  Political affairs officer (multilateral and bilateral political affairs)

Type of employment: Full time on a local contract. Two years duration with the possibility of extension.

Starting date:  March 1st, 2021

Location: Embassy & Permanent Mission of Denmark, Führichgasse 6, 1010 Vienna

Deadline for application:  Monday December 7, 2020

The Embassy & Permanent Mission of Denmark is looking for a dynamic full-time academic staff member to join the Embassy. 

You will be working independently but as part of a team with both multilateral and bilateral political affairs related to in part the United Nations and in part the Western Balkans.

You have a positive personality, are results-oriented and appreciate a highly energetic work environment where we continuously strive to support each other, work smarter and have fun.


Main tasks and responsibilities:

You will be covering both multilateral and bilateral political affairs. In relation to the United Nations, you will primarily but not exclusively cover issues related to organized crime and narcotics (UNODC). In relation to Western Balkans, you will primarily cover issues related to Kosovo and Albania, including relations to the EU. However, tasks will vary depending on the political development.

Typical tasks will be:

  • Attend meetings in UN organisations on selected policy areas and write reports.
  • Conduct research and analysis and write reports on various policy areas.
  • Manage stakeholder relations and assist visiting delegations.
  • Execute administrative tasks on an ad hoc basis.

Furthermore, you are expected to demonstrate the flexibility required for an optimal handling of the entire portfolio of the embassy and be ready to undertake assignments outside your own portfolio, e.g. functioning as a back-up in the bilateral or multilateral team if needed.

Requirements for the position:

  • University degree in political science, law, economy and related fields.
  • Preferably 2-3 years work experience in field of international politics.
  • High degree of personal drive and self-motivation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team player abilities.
  • Ability to foster and maintain networks in your field.
  • A high sense of responsibility and ability to plan and prioritize tasks.
  • Appreciate a dynamic work environment.
  • Flexible and able to work under time pressure.
  • Proficiency in Danish/Scandinavian and English– both oral and written. Knowledge of French will be an advantage.

 Employment conditions

  • You will be offered full-time employment for two years on a local contract with the possibility of extension based on the relevant labour market rules of Austria and the Embassy’s staff rules.
  • Your standard working hours will be 40 hours per week.
  • You will be entitled to five weeks (25 working days) of paid holiday per year.
  • Your salary will reflect your qualifications, relevant experience and proven work-related results.

Application and recruitment process

To apply for the position, please send your application in English (cover letter, CV, proof of relevant education, recommendations and 2-3 references(ref. can be in DK/EN/DE) no later than Monday December 7, 2020. 

The Embassy & Permanent Mission of Denmark is obliged to follow EU-regulation regarding handling personal information (General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR) when we receive and process job applications. Please send your application via secure mail to vieamb@um.dk

Please refer in the subject line to: Application for political affairs officer at the Embassy & Permanent Mission of Denmark. “Your name”.

The Embassy & Permanent mission of Denmark attaches great importance to equal opportunities for all and therefore welcomes applications from all qualified persons regardless of race, sex, religion, age or disability.

Selected candidates will be invited for interviews – expected to take place during the third week of December 2020.

The chosen candidate must present a “No Criminal Record” and pass security clearance by the Danish authorities prior to appointment.


For any questions regarding this position, please contact deputy head of mission Pia Starbæk Szczepanski, at piasta@um.dk or telephone +43 699 1172 2022.